Isabella House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Isabella House

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spokane washingtonThe Basics

Isabella House is a long-term residential facility specifically for pregnant or post-partum women and their children located in Spokane, Washington. The facility originally opened in 1984 and is managed by the New Horizon Care Centers treatment network. The Isabella House Women and Children’s Program is the only program of its kind in the Inland Northwest. It provides intensive¬†behavior modification therapy and education to its clients for low to no cost.

Accommodations and Food

The Isabella House is a beautiful, Victorian home that can accommodate up to 24 adult women and 21 of their children under the age of six. Residents share bedrooms with each other and their children, taking turns maintaining the home with daily chores including cooking and cleaning. There is a shared living room with a TV that can seat up to 12 as well as a kitchen and dining room, meeting rooms and a playroom for the kids. All the food for clients is provided from local food banks in Spokane and meal plans are designed by the staff that are balanced and healthy. There are also special Sunday morning brunches prepared by the staff.

Treatment and Staff

Isabella House provides six months of treatment and are designed to empower clients while educating them about the disease of addiction. There are daily group sessions as well as individual therapy once or twice a week. Cell phones and Internet use are not allowed while residents are in treatment. Smoking is also prohibited.

Treatment is based on behavioral modification and uses CBT techniques as well as Motivation Interviewing (MI). Clients are also expected to hold each other accountable to house rules and regulations and offer peer support during meetings. Other therapy options include psychoeducation classes, relapse prevention meetings, anger management sessions and domestic violence treatment. While the adults are participating in groups and classes the children stay with an on-site childcare provider.

For those with co-occurring disorders there is a LPN on-site or administer medication daily. The house has 24-hour staff including therapeutic childcare specialists, LPCs, LCSWs, case managers and on-site house managers.

Extras

Aside from treatment, Isabella House also organizes field trips, movie nights and recreational outings for residents. Yoga, creative writing, acupuncture and infant massages are also offered. During their time in treatment, women are also provided the opportunity to get their GED or take job skills training sessions.

The staff of New Horizons and Isabella House also works closely with clients who have lost custody of their children as a result of substance abuse. The facility also works with CPS when necessary to ensure that mothers can still stay with their children while in treatment. New Horizons Care Center also offers transitional housing services for graduates of the program.

In Summary

Isabella House provides vital services for mothers and their children to recover from substance abuse through long-term residential care. Treatment includes evidence-based therapy as well as a range of additional support services, all overseen by a qualified staff. In all, Isabella House is a strong and affordable resource for mothers in the Spokane area.

Isabella House
2308 West 3rd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

Isabella House Cost: Free (state funded). Reach Isabella House by phone at (509) 624-1244.

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  1. Do not trust this place. The minute you walk in your told if you want to leave they will take your kids and you will have to leave without them. I went here and after 4 months they came and took both of my kids from me while I was in treatment with all clean U.As just because the other girls didnt like me. Im clean no thanks to them and was lucky to get one of my kids back but of couse my baby daughter is gone since theyre gold to CPS. Walking into this house was the biggest mistake ive ever made in my life.

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